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At Eumaeus's hut Telemachus met his father and talked with him without knowing who he was.
But then Athena appeared to Ulysses alone, for as they say "... in no wise do the Gods appear in manifest presence to all." (Homer, Odyssey 16.160) and making him come out of the hut she, touching him with her golden wand, changed his looks restoring his youthful vigor, so that when he came back Telemachus said in awestruck tone: "Stranger, you are not the same now as the man who just went out." (Telemachus to Ulysses. Homer, Odyssey 16.180)
It was then that Ulysses told Telemachus the truth and kissed his son.
Engraving from 1892
Made by Charles Baude
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